Featured MotoGP: Marquez wins dramatic race at Phillip Island

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    Marc Marquez has clinched victory in an incident-packed MotoGP race at Phillip Island.

    The 2019 Champion was involved in a race-long duel with Maverick Vinales who crashed on the final lap while trying to put a move on Marquez.

    After darting into the lead on Lap 10, pole-sitter Vinales was stalked by Marquez until the final lap with the Repsol Honda rider measuring his rival’s pace around the iconic Australian circuit.

    Marquez made his move at the start of the last lap to charge into the lead on the main straight into Turn 1. The newly-crowned MotoGP world champion then produced a defensive lap to keep Vinales at bay, with Vinales looking to sweep around Lukey Heights and attack Marquez down into Turn 10, but his soft rear tyre slipped out from underneath him to send the Yamaha crashing out.

    With Marquez storming to his 55th career premier class victory, he surpasses Mick Doohan on the all-time list of winners and achieved his fifth-straight premier class win for the first time since 2014.

    Marquez said: “It has been a crazy weekend with the weather and everything. Maverick was very fast today, but I was able to follow him and start slowly cooking the victory. Viñales started to push very hard and very fast at the front, but I knew that if I could stay with him for four or five laps then the victory was possible. The Repsol Honda Team has done a great job with the limited track time we have had. We had to gamble a little bit with the soft rear tyre and it was on the limit in the end, but we were able to win! It’s really special to take this 55th win with Honda, I feel incredible with the Honda family and I’m excited to enjoy this moment with them and the team.”

    LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow rode to a strong second to claim his first rostrum since the Sachsenring, with Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller claiming the final step on the podium.

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